Victor & Penny
“…this duo hits it out of the park with something charming and subversive at the same time.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“McGrane and her partner, guitarist-singer Jeff Freling, have a natural chemistry that infuses their musical performance with an undeniable electric energy. Her solid ukulele strumming provides a heartbeat while he provides leadership and rapid-fire solos recalling Les Paul or Chet Atkins on his vintage Kay archtop. They had me breathless…” - Kristen Shafel Omiccioli, KC Metropolis
“The magic of live music is personified by Victor & Penny.” - Barry Marshall Everitt, House of Mercy Radio, London, UK
“They were right-on; it’s easy to tell the real deal when you hear it.” - Angela Lutz, KC PITCH
“Their music is a rock-fueled take on jazz reflecting on prohibition-era swing.” - Clint Weiderholt, American Roots Magazine
The Kansas City-based duo Victor & Penny consist of Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane. I've been wanting to host them since I first enjoyed their high-energy swing-infused folk-jazz at an official showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference several years ago. I am excited that we are finally going to make it happen. Victor & Penny feature tight vocal harmonies and dazzling guitar work. They play original tunes, swing, and Prohibition era jazz. Victor & Penny were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH (Kansas City, MO) and “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe (Joplin, MO). They have released 3 albums. The most recent CD, Electricity, debuted on the Folk-DJ charts at #12 with the #3 song.